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The Romanian Simona Halep has earned its place in the semi-finals of the tennis tournament Rogers Cup.
In a game that is played in two stages, the Romanian Simona Halep has earned its place in the semi-finals of the tennis tournament Rogers Cup thanks to a victory of 7-5, 6-1 against Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Friday night on the centre court of the stadium IGA.
In a reprise of the duel of the quarter-finals that they had played a year ago in Toronto, the Romanian had won 6-4, 6-2, Halep and Garcia have played a first round of high-level, marked by many exchanges of quality and desperate moves to one side or the other.
Halep began the confrontation with aplomb by giving two balls broken from the first game and exploiting the first with success. That’s not a problem, Garcia has played the same turn as soon, after the world number one had committed a double fault in the second chance of breakage.
Garcia is out of embarrassment in the third set, saving four balls break, and the two players have managed to protect their service until the 11th game. In the Face of a deficit of 0-40, Garcia has managed to make a nice half-volley to clear the first ball break, but a forehand too long to the next has given the advantage to Halep, 6-5.
As of this moment, Halep became irresistible. She first completed the first sleeve, long of 57 minutes, and has conceded just 19 points in the second set, which lasted only 37 minutes.
In the semi-final Saturday afternoon, Halep, a winner in Montreal in 2016, will face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, 15th head of the series.
The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the fifth head of series, crosses the iron with the Belgian Elise Mertens, ranked 14th in the final match of the quarterfinals. The winner will play against Sloane Stephens on Saturday night.
In doubles, Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard and American Sloane Stephens saw their journey come to an end in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles when Latisha Chan and Ekaterina Makarova have defeated in two sets of 6-4, 6-2, also on Friday evening. Bouchard and Stephens have put up a good battle in the first set against the second seeded of the tournament. Chan, of Taiwan, and Makarova, of Russia, did not need a break, the third game in the service of Bouchard to win the first round.
In Toronto, the side of the gentlemen, the champion of the Rogers Cup lost to a dazzling newcomer.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, a Greek of the age of 19, he eliminated Alexander Zverez, a day after playing the same round to Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas has reached the semi-finals, winning 3-6, 7-6 (11) 6-4. He saved two match balls against Zverev, who won the tournament in Montreal in 2017, beating Roger Federer in the ultimate game.
Tsitsipas dazzled by converting four of its chances of breakage. Zverev has broken five times, but his rival has also saved nine balls from breakage.
“I’ve got a little mixed up on the ground,” said the winner. I managed to do things that he had not planned. “
For aces and double faults, the score was 5-5, and 6-6.
A double fault from Zverev has put an end to the match, after two and a half hours of play.
Tsitsipas reached a semi-final for the fourth time this season, including last week in Washington, dc.
He made it to the final in Barcelona in April, but Rafael Nadal was defeated 6-2 and 6-1.